Frida Kahlo – Diego and I– (1949)
I chose this painting by Frida Kahlo because she has always appealed to me as a Latin woman. I have seen pieces of the movie made about her and it always appealed to me how in the movie she conveyed her emotions effortlessly in such a unique way. I have always found her paintings to be immensely interesting. This particular piece, Diego and I (1949) appealed to me because in watching the film about her, I recall reflecting upon the dynamic she had with her husband Diego Rivera, an artist as well. They had such an interesting, obsessive and volatile relationship. I believe this particular painting conveys her emotions towards her relationship with her husband. This portrait was made in 1949 during the time in which he was having an affair and although they still remained together as a couple, this painting shows the pain she endured.
Diego’s face painted on her forehead suggests that she always thinks of him – almost as if he is dominant of her thoughts. The tears in the portrait convey the pain she feels. Her hair almost looks like it is strangling her as if to suggest she cannot live without Diego. I love how Frida seems to bluntly express how she feels, even if her emotions are a little contradicting.